As construction methods are increasingly understood to be one of the key drivers of climate change, Philippe Block and his team at ETH Zurich are experimenting with new materials, geometry, and digital design and fabrication to shape the future. In this lecture, Block talks about the role of the future master builder in this complex world.
This event is made possible by the Treseder Fellowship.
Philippe Block is Professor at the Institute of Technology in Architecture at ETH Zurich, where he co-directs the Block Research Group (BRG) together with Dr. Tom Van Mele. He is director of the Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) in Digital Fabrication, and founding partner of Ochsendorf DeJong & Block (ODB Engineering). Block’s multi-disciplinary research interests span graphical design and analysis techniques, computational form finding and optimization, structural and architectural geometry, digital fabrication and appropriate construction.